Gourmet in the Garden scheduled for April 22 at AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden

Gourmet In the Garden 2014

The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden in Baton Rouge will be the site of the 2016 Gourmet in the Garden dinner on June 22. (Photo by Rick Bogren, LSU AgCenter)

(03/07/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – Dining with the local flavors of Louisiana among the blooms and under the stars will be featured during the third annual Gourmet in the Garden: A Progressive Dinner in the Garden at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on April 22 from 7 to 10 p.m.

“Guests will enjoy creations from local restaurants prepared with locally grown products in a lush green setting with music and blooms, said Jeff Kuehny, director of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.

The progressive dinner will feature tastings in the Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie as well as the Orangerie Gardens and the Pavilion. Gourmet foods will be prepared by award-winning chefs, Kuehny said.

The evening will include beverages from Louisiana’s best local breweries and distilleries and a student chef cook-off, he said. And guests will be invited to vote for the People’s Choice awards for best chef creations.

“Delicious desserts prepared by students from the Louisiana Culinary Institute and live music will finish off the evening in the Pavilion,” he said.

The event is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, Burden Horticulture Society and the Louisiana Culinary Institute. Proceeds benefit educational programs at the AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden and the Louisiana Culinary Institute Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships for Louisiana Culinary Institute students.

Tickets are $60 per person in advance and include dinner, local beverages and live music. The cost is $70 per person at the door. Advance tickets are available online at Eventbrite.com – search “Gourmet in the Garden.”

Business and support sponsorships for the event are available by contacting Mary Coco at mcoco@agcenter.lsu.edu or 225-763-3990 or Charlie Ruffalo at Charlie@louisianaculinary.com or 225-769-8820.

More information is available by calling 225-763-3990.

The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden is located at 4560 Essen Lane at I-10.

3/7/2016 9:28:03 PM
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